Thursday, 28 February 2008


Went out to exorcise the demons of another unsuccessful trip out nyphing for Grayling by chucking out some big lures for dem dare toothy urban critters. Tried the big Perchy streamer again & immediately had a take that once again just let go & another fish taunting me by eye balling it all the way in to just below my feet!A change of fly was in order - this new fly, being a lot smaller & lot lighter, was a comparitive dream to cast but, that was by the by, the main reason in the switch was to use a less fussy lure where there'd be more chance of the Pike taking the hook than it's teeth setting into the fur n feather...
& it paid off, knicked it sweetly in the scissors!

Thursday, 21 February 2008

The Sequel

Returned to the river the next day with my Pike fly set up - a 10 ft 8 weight airflow rod, 8 wt airflow 40+ shooting head line loaded onto a spare cartridge from a cheap greys reel, all bought off the internet for about £60, the rod even has a life time warranty which may prove useful chucking these huge Pike flies around.Started punching this big Perchy looking fly out into the tail of the pool, which feels a bit like casting a bath sponge on string when you're more used to chucking out small dries. A few casts later as I was watching the lures action as it neared the bank a decent Pike shot out of the murk and hit the fly, the rod bent double & I was into a fight but, just as I had it beat & was reaching for the net the fish just seemed to open its mouth & let go of the lure. The same thing happened on two more occasions, I think this may be due to the fish grabbing the streamer material and the hook not setting properly - before my next trip I need to look at modifying these flies.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Working lunch

Stole an hour at the river the other day in the bright afternoon sun and spent it searching out the weir pool with a little Rainbow Trout Rappala. The action was superb taking three pike in around half an hours fishing, with each getting progressively larger. I saw the last two fish hit the lure just a few feet from the bank - great fun! This has spurred me on to get out again in the next few days & tackle them with my heavy fly set up...

High Peak

Tried out a new stretch of water at the weekend up in the High Peak, I knew it would be tricky with over night temperatures down in the minuses, the water running gin clear due to the absence of rain for over a week now & the daytime conditions of bright low sunshine casting shadows wherever you waded... I was right, we both blanked, although we did have a top day out exploring a new water in the sunshine.
We spent the day searching the likely looking riffles & pools with heavy nymphs to no avail, I tried to convince myself that our lack of success was due to another angler who had been wading the same stretch prior to us. It was encouraging to see a small hatch of olives mid afternoon but, they failed to bring any of the Grayling to the surface & reveal their whereabouts to us.